Housing Spotlight

Where Do You Think DC Should Put Its Affordable Housing Dollars? Try This Interactive Tool to See

The neighborhood you call home has the potential to help your economic mobility and your health and well-being. That’s why it’s important to create more chances for families with low incomes to live in areas that are close to jobs and transit, with low poverty and crime, and high-performing schools. Yet these neighborhoods are the […]

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A Broken Foundation: Affordable Housing Crisis Threatens DC’s Lowest-Income Residents

The disappearance of low-cost housing in the District is leaving the city’s extremely low-income households financially on edge and poses serious risks to the ability of families to afford enough food, for children to go to school ready to learn, and for adults to get and keep a job. Yet only a fraction of the […]

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DC’s Public Housing: An Important Resource at Risk

DC’s public housing is a key source of stable affordable housing for 7,300 households, primarily seniors and people with disabilities living on modest fixed incomes and families with children near the poverty line, according to a new report by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Unfortunately, this resource is at risk due to chronic federal underfunding […]

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Going, Going, Gone: DC’s Vanishing Affordable Housing

Rapidly rising housing costs led to a substantial loss of low-cost rental housing in the District over the last decade, yet there was little growth in wages for many residents, which means that rent is increasingly eating away at household budgets. As the District’s high cost of living continues to outpace incomes, more and more […]

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Helping Families Home Roadmap: A Report Card on DC’s Progress in Helping Homeless Families

The District has made improvements to services for homeless families in response to the crisis that occurred last winter, but progress has been uneven and large gaps remain. In April 2014, twenty-five organizations released a community plan – Helping Families Home: A Roadmap for the District – outlining their recommendations on what DC should do immediately to start […]

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Policy Basics
The District has a variety of affordable housing tools, each serving a specific purpose and each critical to make housing available all along the continuum of affordable housing needs — from homelessness to homeownership — for DC’s low- and moderate-income residents. DC Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF)

DC Local Rent Supplement Program (LSRP)

DC Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)